Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to George P. Stevenson, 30 October 1817

To George P. Stevenson

Monticello Oct. 30. 17.

Dear Sir

Your’s of the 16th is just now recieved, and I am certainly ready to do any thing I can to obtain for you the appointment you desire. to so much however of your request as asks letters to the Secretaries of State & War, I must observe that the latter office is at present vacant, & that with the head of the other department the distance produced by antient political differences of opinion, has not as yet been done away by any recommencement of correspondence. but to the President I write willingly, inclosing you the letter, and I have strong hope that if no previous engagement stands in your way, the application for you will be favorably recieved. wishing this sincerely and th[at] your enterprise may fulfill all your wishes, I salute you with affectionate friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Peter Derieux to TJ, 25 July 1817; one word faint; at foot of text: “George Stevenson esq.”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to James Monroe, 30 Oct. 1817.

TJ and Secretary of state John Quincy Adams had just begun their first exchange of letters after a decade of silence (Adams to TJ, 11 Oct. 1817; TJ to Adams, 1 Nov. 1817).

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  • Stevenson, George Pitt; seeks appointment search
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